We are sad to announce the passing of former CEO and Artistic Director, John Travis, after a long illness. 

John was the CEO and Artistic Director of bbodance for over 20 years. He was extremely passionate about dance and our organisation, at one stage running it virtually single-handedly. His commitment touched the lives of a great many people. We are only too well aware how upset many of you will be and the sense of loss you will feel.

"Shortly before his death I spoke to John and was able to express how much the membership and staff appreciated him and the work he undertook on behalf of the organisation. I could tell he was extremely appreciative of the sentiment, it was a truly poignant moment. I am grateful that I had this opportunity to speak to him on behalf of us all," stated bbodance CEO, Robin Bloor.

We have been in touch with John's close family about the funeral arrangements and opportunities to pay your respects. The full service will take place on Monday 24 February at Mortlake Crematorium (11.20am). The family has requested no flowers; donations can be made at the crematorium or online to John's chosen charity, Prostate Cancer Research.

On behalf of all of us at bbodance, John will be greatly missed.

(Photo: John with bbodance President, Dame Beryl Grey, CH, DBE, in The Dancer, 2014)